First Program

Sing-Along with Mele Fong

The first program in the Island Songs Sing-Along Series started in February 2016 with eight Hawaiian and hapa haole songs about Maui Nui (the county of Maui consists of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and Molokini). The presentation of 54 slides took 1 hour and 20 minutes. Introductions for each song included the story behind it in keeping with Hawaiian oral traditions whether the song was Hawaiian or not. For songs in the Hawaiian language, instructions on how to pronounce the lyrics and the translation were included. Afterwards, some participants asked for copies of the songs to which they were directed them to listen to the 95 audio recordings of songs on Mele’s online Fan Club. The title of the series was later renamed as “Sing-Along with Mele Fong.”

(Photo of title slide of Island Songs-Maui Nui, 4 February, 2016)

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Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.